Two master suites? Why not three?
That’s what Judy Barton and her daughter Beth Sapp were looking for seven years ago: a home not only large enough, but designed, for two separate master suites — plus a third living area for teenage Rachel, Beth’s daughter and Judy’s grandaughter.
“I met with Judy and Beth, and they both wanted their own space, and Beth’s daughter wanted her own space,” recalled Mike Gilles of Savannah Builders, who custom-built the home on NW 130 Terrace in the Canyon Lakes neighborhood, southeast of Memorial and Council roads.
“So this house was created to have a kitchen-family area where everybody could come together, great space. Then, each one would have their own suite,” he said. “Judy has her own suite with a little library, and Beth had her own suite, and the daughter had the whole upstairs, which is a game room and her own suite.
“We just worked as a team and created this fantastic property. Sorry to see Judy leave, but life changes, and it’s way too big for one person.”
Beth moved on. Rachel is in college. The 3,446-square-foot home is too big for Judy. So the home with the unusual design — not that common in Oklahoma City, at least — is on the market.
It will appeal to a certain niche buyer, said Realtor Chad Neathery of Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate, who has it listed.
Couples who need to sleep apart — so each can sleep — are turning to two-master homes, he said. Maybe one snores, or uses a CPAP machine, for continuous positive airway pressure, a ventilation therapy.
“Mainly it’s retired people. It’s an older generation. The people I’ve seen are in their 60s, 70s,” Neathery said. “It’s also for aging parents, someone in their 50s that has a parent in their 70s or 80s ... a separate room, private, for their aging parents.”
The design isn’t new. Having two master suites was thought to be a hot trend just before the Great Recession turned housing on its head and set homebuilding back nationally. Seven years ago, the design couldn’t be found in Oklahoma City, Neathery said.
New to metro
“It is new to Oklahoma City,” he said. Neathery said that when the owners first approached him and Gilles, “There wasn’t anything on the market like what she wanted, so she custom-designed it.”
Two-master designs have grown in popularity and will continue to do so, especially in higher-end homes, said Brent Gibson, of Brent Gibson Classic Home Design in Edmond.
“We do quite a few of them,” Gibson said, mostly for people in their 40s or older. “It’s designed so if one of the spouses has problems sleeping, or has sleep apnea or snores.”
College graduates returning to live with their parents for awhile have some families turning to separate master suites complete with living areas, kitchenettes and separate garages and entrances, he said. Families with housekeepers or full-time caregivers also turn to double master suites.
The trend seems to be limited to upscale homes and house plans.
Steven Carey of Preferred Plans Inc. in Norman said demand for double vanities, two walk-in closets, “even two different toilets,” is strong, as are aging-in-place features like wider-than-usual doorways and hallways. But double masters not so much, he said, for people trying to stretch dollars.
Gilles said he’s seeing more interest from his custom-build customers.
“It’s not real common in Oklahoma City,” he said. “We’ve done more and more of them, as some people, as parents, are building a nice home but they’re going to have adult kids come and stay with them, maybe for vacations, and so we’re doing a lot of houses that have individual suites — some even with individual kitchenettes, like an apartment pod.”
The home in Canyon Lakes is a model for what Gilles sees as a big trend for families with multiple generations living together or with a full-time, live-in caregiver.
“The bedrooms are completely separated, but you can’t tell any difference when you walk in. It’s just a luxurious, open family space,” he said. “If you have adult kids, they can be upstairs. If you have a mother-in-law, if you have a caregiver that needs to be in — everybody has their own space.”
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